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  • The Surprising Reason Making More Employees Get Overtime Pay Could Hurt Americans

    Millions of salaried workers may soon lose flexibility in how they work. President Obama plans to cover them under federal overtime regulations. This won’t raise their pay. It will, however, effectively convert them into hourly workers – putting the kibosh on the flexible work arrangements many employees value. Hourly employees … More

    Some New Jobs Added in February, But Not Enough

      The best news in the February employment report is what it did not show: new signs of an economic slowdown. Both the December and January employment reports found weak job growth. The February report, however, showed moderate hiring. The payroll survey found employers added 175,000 net new jobs in … More

    Time to Crack Down on THUGS

    Should Americans excuse violent extortion as exercising of “worker’s rights”? More than a few unions have flagrantly ignored the Hobbs Act’s prohibition on extortion and violence. For example, members of the International Union of Operating Engineer’s Local 17 of Hamburg, New York, allegedly scalded non-union workers with hot liquids, destroyed … More

    Should Unions Have to Ask Workers for Forgiveness or Permission?

    Should workers have to continuously “opt out” of paying for union political expenses they oppose? Washington State Senator Jim Honeyford (R) has raised this question because in Washington, as in most states, government employees must pay union dues whether they join the union or not. Washington state also allows a … More

    Few People Actually Raise Families on Minimum Wage

    Bias often appears in facts someone omits, not in actual inaccuracies. Take the New York Times’ new minimum wage calculator, which shows how difficult it can be to support oneself on just a minimum-wage income. Left unsaid: Few minimum-wage workers do so. The Times’ calculator asks users to try to … More

    Minimum Wage Hike Would Eliminate 500,000 Jobs

    Surprise, surprise: An analysis released today found that a proposed minimum wage hike would eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs. Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced it agreed with the Heritage Foundation’s analysis of President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase. Of course the CBO did not put it that … More

    Obamacare Is Murdering Jobs

    Fewer Americans either have or are looking for jobs today than at any point since 1978 — and President Obama’s health care law is about to make this problem much worse. The Congressional Budget Office just estimated the Affordable Care Act will eliminate the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs a … More

    Obamacare Mandate Means Minimum Wage Employees Cost Businesses $10.30 an Hour

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just reported that President Obama has already effectively raised the minimum wage. How so? The Obamacare employer mandate requires employers that do not provide “qualifying” health benefits to pay a steep penalty. Few minimum-wage employers provide Obamacare-compliant health coverage. So the penalty adds to their … More

    Obamacare Is Already Reducing Employment

    Employers are responding to the uncertainty of the Obamacare rollout by slashing hours and limiting their new hires. Although the Obamacare employer mandate will not take effect until next year, employee health insurance premiums have already skyrocketed. And surveys report that many business owners are making changes based on Obamacare … More

    Want to Help the Poor? Repeal Ethanol Mandate, Don’t Raise Minimum Wage

    Many Senators propose raising the minimum wage to reduce poverty. However, minimum-wage increases have no statistically significant effect on poverty rates. Few of the workers who would get raises come from poor families. Worse, higher minimum wages discourage hiring and reduce access to entry-level jobs. Congress should look to effective … More